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German First World War submarine wreck discovered with 23 crewmen still onboard

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:28

A German First World War U-boat has been found off the Belgian coast almost totally intact and with the bodies of all 23 sailors onboard. The U-Boat II was found lying on its starboard side at the bottom of the North Sea at a depth of 27 metres, close to the coastal resort of Ostend. At this stage, it is unclear whether the submarine was sunk by a mine, a British ship or a British plane. The find is the best preserved of its kind in the North Sea. Its exact location is being kept secret to discourage trophy hunters. Although a part of the submarine’s bow is missing, the torpedoes remain in place. The submarine hatches are closed, which indicates that the vessel has never been discovered before and that the crew of 22 sailors and one commander have remained onboard for about 100 years. Belgian authorities have informed the German ambassador and processes to identify the men and to protect the discovery have begun. The find, which came after underwater scans suggested there could be a wreck in Belgian waters, was confirmed today by the governor of West Flanders. The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine.   Credit: Yves Herman /Reuters During the First World War, the German fleet in Flanders numbered 19 submarines. 15 of them sank, 11 of them in the North Sea.  Between 1915 and 1916 30 similar models to the wreck were made. Images of the wreck are not clear enough to give the number of the U-Boot. The Het Laatste Niews newspaper reported it could be U-Boot 27, 29 or 32. All three were sank in 1916 and 1917 by British ships and by a British plane. The most promising theory is that the submarine hit a mine tethered to the bottom of the sea by a cable. The wreck is 27 metres long and six metres wide. The U-Boot II model was a bigger, improved version of the type I U-Boot. The 270-ton submarine could dive to a maximum of 50 metres and disappear under the waves in 30 to 45 seconds. Compared to the earlier model, it had more electrical power and batteries that allowed it to stay submerged for longer. Bodies of soldiers from the First World War are still being discovered in Belgium on the battlefields of Flanders.  In 2013 archaelogists examined a German U-Boot II submarine, which had washed up on the Kent coast.  


Neighbor Opens Fire As Father In Clown Mask Chases Child

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:01

Two Ohio men face charges after a father donned a clown mask and chased his 6-year-old daughter through the streets, prompting a concerned neighbor to start shooting.


Amazon's updated Fire HD 10 is a fast, powerful iPad competitor for $150

Macworld - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:33
Amazon has upgraded its Fire HD 10 with a Full HD screen, faster processor, more storage, and hands-free Alexa for just $150.

U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:32

(This September 18 story corrects amount to $21.6 million from $26.1 million in first, 10th paragraphs) By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $21.6 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged that the companies sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was owed or pursued collection on loans that were too old to sue over, and relied on false and misleading legal documents. The CFPB said the trusts had filed at least 486 lawsuits on debt where the statute of limitations for collections had expired.


Brazil warns 'no alternatives' to democracy in Venezuela

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:30

Brazil's leader on Tuesday warned that there were "no alternatives to democracy" in Venezuela as he voiced solidarity with the people of the crisis-consumed nation. President Michel Temer, addressing the UN General Assembly where Brazil is the customary first nation in the annual marathon of leaders' speeches, noted that his country has taken in thousands of Venezuelans. "The human rights situation in Venezuela has regrettably deteriorated continuously," Temer said.


'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines spark backlash over new Target line

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:09

Chip and Joanna Gaines have found themselves embroiled in scandal over their new Target line.


Russia's War Game Spills Into NATO Skies, Causing Spat

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:29

The Baltic NATO ally summoned Russia's envoy to demand an explanation, but Moscow claims the incursion was an emergency call which is being "politicized."


Hillary Clinton: Media got 'played' by the Russians

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:48

Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book, "What Happened," criticized the press's role in the 2016 election and said the media got “played” by the Russians by promoting the WikiLeaks dumps.


The Oatmeal Cookie Recipes That Are Better Than Your Grandma's

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:01

Oatmeal cookies are the most underrated cookie in the country.


Hurricane Maria regains extreme dangerous Category 5 storm strength

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 05:34

Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holds the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico.


California Woman Escaped Getting Robbed By Faking Seizure

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 05:20

Julie Dragland, 32, later said she got the idea from an episode of "Law & Order," where something similar happens.


Trump Tells United Nations: ‘I Will Always Put America First’

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:12

President Trump tells member states at the United Nations they should put their countries first as well, but says the United States “can no longer be taken advantage of” with international deals.


Hamza bin Laden: the heir to Al-Qaeda?

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:26

A photo montage published by Al-Qaeda to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the Twin Towers. At his side is his son Hamza, the "crown prince of jihad". In a report published by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), former FBI special agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote: "Now in his late 20s, Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organisation his father founded.


28 Must-Make Green Bean Recipes

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:23


Aung San Suu Kyi Speech

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:56

After a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparked allegations of ethnic cleansing, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday her country does not fear international scrutiny.


MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018

Top Tech - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:27

Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.


Jerry Brown: 'Troglodyte' Trump Supporters 'Dwell In Deep, Dark Caves'

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:21

California Gov. Jerry Brown compared President Donald Trump and his supporters who deny climate change to ancient cave-people.


Missing Man’s Decomposing Body Sat in Truck for 8 Months in Airport Parking Lot As Family Searched

Top Stories - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:15

A missing Kansas man’s body sat decomposing in his work vehicle for eight months in an airport parking lot 45 minutes from his home, causing his family to ask why no one found it sooner, PEOPLE confirms.


Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

Top Stories - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:02

NEW YORK (AP) — A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed across a sidewalk into a building Monday, killing three people.


Ohio State Student Killed In Murder Suicide

Top Stories - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:33

An Ohio State University student and her boyfriend were found dead early Sunday morning in an apparent murder suicide


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